Reasons to Work Out (That Has Nothing to do With Physical Appearance)

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Is fitness all about six-packs, big biceps and booties?

Sometimes I get really tired of how the fitness and being fit seems to be all about the looks, how the goal of your workouts has to be achieving a certain ideal (unattainable?) body.

I work out:

  • Because I love challenging myself, physically and mentally
  • To feel powerful
  • To beat my personal best
  • To see the nature in another way
  • To get stronger
  • To carry all my groceries in one trip
  • To become more confident
  • To get that rush of endorphins
  • To be able to open the difficult jar on my own
  • To take care of my health
  • To release stress
  • Because my body will thank me for it when I get older
  • Because I want to be strong enough to be able to carry heavy stuff on my own
  • Because my workouts are something I can look forward to on a grey day
  • Because it helps me clear my mind and organize my thoughts
  • Because it helps my stay pain free
  • Because I feel weird when I shower and it?s not after a workout
  • Because of that good feeling you get afterwards
  • Because it?s part of who I am
  • Because it makes my brain sharper
  • Because it makes me happy
  • Because it makes me perform better at every other aspect of my life
  • Because it makes me realize how good my body is meant to feel
  • Because I love it
  • Because I can

For some of the reasons I had running in mind, others lifting, and some yoga or fourth type of exercise. I like to do different types of workouts, because they do different things for my body, all of which combined makes me feel the best.

Some of these might not apply to you, and that’s okay – we don?t always work out for the same reasons. If you work out to look a certain way, I have absolutely nothing against that, I just hope you?re being realistic about it. And I hope you don?t forget the feeling good part – and more importantly, don’t put other people down for working out for a different reason than you!

Your turn

  • Which of these reasons apply to you?
  • What is your (unrelated-to-physical-appearance) reasons to work out?
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  1. says: Abi B

    I love this. I am about to join my uni gym when I go back in the next couple of weeks and yes I’m not looking my best, but it’s more to do with getting my stamina back, no longer have aches and pains and just feeling healthy again! x

  2. says: Jade

    I work out to wake up. It’s better than caffeine! It’s so important to find reasons to work out that aren’t appearance related. It’s too easy to get discouraged when you are working toward a physical goal because it takes a lot of time.

  3. Feeling strong is my main motivator! I like feeling the muscles in my body grow, and knowing that I’m improving myself physically ( though not on look – on fitness haha!)
    It’s great to see a big list like this, which doesn’t just include looking good!

  4. says: sanoberry

    ALL of these reasons apply to me. ALL these reasons speak to me on a deep level. I can totally relate to what you’re saying…I get tired of telling people I don’t workout to look a certain way. Not a lot of people are at this point, where you understand that exercise nourishes the body and soul just as food. When I started out, I was obese and my only motivation was to lose weight and have slim thighs. But then you realize it isn’t about six packs and high booties anymore. It is about the sheer joy and pleasure of it…the high you experience..the confidence..the overall sense of well being. Exercise is a token of gratitude to the able body we are blessed with. This is a wonderful post and it’s made me think of my own reasons as to why i workout. Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

  5. says: Deniza

    Hi dear, I have nominated you for the sunshine award 🙂 This was actually a few days ago but with sickness and work I forgot to write everyone I had nominated :/ Have fun with it and read more on my blog 🙂 Happy Sunday! :*

  6. I have Borderline Personality Disorder and in order to keep my mood swings under control (ish) I have to maintain good nutrition, take supplements, and workout every day. Higher intensity workouts seem to keep me even keel and little better. Great article!

  7. says: Kristin

    Great post!! I absolutely LOVE working out! I love lifting weights, yoga, swimming, & running! I’m an athlete; therefore, I workout to perform, to feel good, to sweat out my stress, to absolutely live life to the fullest! There is nothing that makes me happier!! XOXO